James Salzer

James Salzer has covered state government and politics in Georgia since 1990.

Latest from James Salzer

He said Georgia insurers own regulator. Now industry donors favor him.
 When Republican candidate Jim Beck was asked during a pre-primary debate about the coziness between the insurance commissioner’s office and the industry it regulates, he didn’t shy away from the question. “It’s as crooked as a dog’s hind leg,” he said. “The industry owns it, and it’s time the...

Posted: 2 days ago

When Republican candidate Jim Beck was asked during a pre-primary debate about the coziness between the insurance commissioner’s office and the industry it regulates, he didn’t shy away from the question. “It’s as crooked as a dog’s hind leg,” he said. “The industry owns it, and it’s time the...
Capitol crowd mostly shift from Cagle to Kemp in governor’s race
 Brian Kemp got a lot of new supporters with fat wallets on the July night he clinched the Republican nomination for governor. The Capitol crowd — lobbyists, special-interest association PACs and big-money institutional donors who always give to the winners in gubernatorial races — had bet big on his GOP opponent, Lt. Gov...

Posted: 5 days ago

Brian Kemp got a lot of new supporters with fat wallets on the July night he clinched the Republican nomination for governor. The Capitol crowd — lobbyists, special-interest association PACs and big-money institutional donors who always give to the winners in gubernatorial races — had bet big on his GOP opponent, Lt. Gov...
Like Stacey Abrams, Democratic Party pulls in big out-of-Georgia money
 The most expensive governor’s race in Georgia history is also attracting big money to the state’s political parties. Where it’s coming from mirrors the gubernatorial contest, according to an analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Like Stacey Abrams’ campaign, much of the Georgia Democratic Party’s money...

Posted: 10 days ago

The most expensive governor’s race in Georgia history is also attracting big money to the state’s political parties. Where it’s coming from mirrors the gubernatorial contest, according to an analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Like Stacey Abrams’ campaign, much of the Georgia Democratic Party’s money...
Kemp, Abrams raise $22 million in three months in governor’s race
 The Georgia race for governor continues to shatter campaign money records as Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp reported Friday that they combined to rake in about $22 million in contributions over the past three months. The reports, which cover a three-month period from July 1 through Sept. 30, underscore the dynamics that...

Posted: 14 days ago

The Georgia race for governor continues to shatter campaign money records as Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp reported Friday that they combined to rake in about $22 million in contributions over the past three months. The reports, which cover a three-month period from July 1 through Sept. 30, underscore the dynamics that...
State spending could be biggest difference in Georgia governor’s race
 There are many differences between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp, but few as stark as how they would handle one of any governor’s most important roles: developing, funding and managing the state’s $26 billion annual budget. Through it, taxpayers help educate 2 million children, provide health care to more than 2 million Georgians...

Posted: 15 days ago

There are many differences between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp, but few as stark as how they would handle one of any governor’s most important roles: developing, funding and managing the state’s $26 billion annual budget. Through it, taxpayers help educate 2 million children, provide health care to more than 2 million Georgians...
Georgia agencies mostly seek more for pay, staffing in next budget
 For the first time in his tenure, outgoing Gov. Nathan Deal let state agencies ask for more funding, and many of them want the same, fairly mundane things: higher pay to retain workers and more staffers to improve services. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of agency requests submitted to the governor’s Office of Planning and Budget...

Posted: 19 days ago

For the first time in his tenure, outgoing Gov. Nathan Deal let state agencies ask for more funding, and many of them want the same, fairly mundane things: higher pay to retain workers and more staffers to improve services. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of agency requests submitted to the governor’s Office of Planning and Budget...
Abrams shifts, says she would now let Georgia’s income tax cut stand
 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams was critical earlier this year when lawmakers voted to cut top state income tax rates, saying she would look to reverse the decision. But Abrams, a former House minority leader, knows the political realities of trying to stop a tax cut at the statehouse, and she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...

Posted: 19 days ago

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams was critical earlier this year when lawmakers voted to cut top state income tax rates, saying she would look to reverse the decision. But Abrams, a former House minority leader, knows the political realities of trying to stop a tax cut at the statehouse, and she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
Georgia inspector general asked to look into gifts to state employees
 Georgia’s inspector general has been asked to look into whether a group that did work for the Charter Schools Commission violated state law by not reporting that it paid for staffers to attend events across the country and offered them stipends. The filing Tuesday comes less than three weeks after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported...

Posted: 24 days ago

Georgia’s inspector general has been asked to look into whether a group that did work for the Charter Schools Commission violated state law by not reporting that it paid for staffers to attend events across the country and offered them stipends. The filing Tuesday comes less than three weeks after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported...
While in Georgia House leadership, Abrams was also a per diem leader
 Once Stacey Abrams became the state House minority leader in 2011, she began collecting daily payments from the state at almost twice the rate of her predecessor — and more than twice the rate of other members of the General Assembly — records show. A ranking of lawmakers by the number of days they were paid $173 to work outside...

11:30 AM Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2018

Once Stacey Abrams became the state House minority leader in 2011, she began collecting daily payments from the state at almost twice the rate of her predecessor — and more than twice the rate of other members of the General Assembly — records show. A ranking of lawmakers by the number of days they were paid $173 to work outside...
Georgia being flooded by outside political money this election season
 A California billionaire put $8.3 million into a campaign to pass a constitutional amendment this fall in Georgia. A San Francisco mega-donor gave $3.25 million to a political action committee backing Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial bid. And a D.C. Republican PAC barely waited for the GOP gubernatorial runoff votes to be tallied before...

11:46 AM Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2018

A California billionaire put $8.3 million into a campaign to pass a constitutional amendment this fall in Georgia. A San Francisco mega-donor gave $3.25 million to a political action committee backing Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial bid. And a D.C. Republican PAC barely waited for the GOP gubernatorial runoff votes to be tallied before...
Georgia panel reverses 300 percent retiree health insurance rate hike
 The Department of Community Health board reversed course Friday, deciding not to more than triple the cost of insurance coverage for some of Georgia’s retired teachers and employees. The move came after retirees accused the state agency of steering business to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield by dramatically raising rates on their...

2:12 PM Friday, Sep. 07, 2018

The Department of Community Health board reversed course Friday, deciding not to more than triple the cost of insurance coverage for some of Georgia’s retired teachers and employees. The move came after retirees accused the state agency of steering business to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield by dramatically raising rates on their...





James Salzer

James Salzer has covered state government and politics in Georgia since 1990.

Latest from James Salzer

He said Georgia insurers own regulator. Now industry donors favor him.
 When Republican candidate Jim Beck was asked during a pre-primary debate about the coziness between the insurance commissioner’s office and the industry it regulates, he didn’t shy away from the question. “It’s as crooked as a dog’s hind leg,” he said. “The industry owns it, and it’s time the...

Posted: 2 days ago

When Republican candidate Jim Beck was asked during a pre-primary debate about the coziness between the insurance commissioner’s office and the industry it regulates, he didn’t shy away from the question. “It’s as crooked as a dog’s hind leg,” he said. “The industry owns it, and it’s time the...
Capitol crowd mostly shift from Cagle to Kemp in governor’s race
 Brian Kemp got a lot of new supporters with fat wallets on the July night he clinched the Republican nomination for governor. The Capitol crowd — lobbyists, special-interest association PACs and big-money institutional donors who always give to the winners in gubernatorial races — had bet big on his GOP opponent, Lt. Gov...

Posted: 5 days ago

Brian Kemp got a lot of new supporters with fat wallets on the July night he clinched the Republican nomination for governor. The Capitol crowd — lobbyists, special-interest association PACs and big-money institutional donors who always give to the winners in gubernatorial races — had bet big on his GOP opponent, Lt. Gov...
Like Stacey Abrams, Democratic Party pulls in big out-of-Georgia money
 The most expensive governor’s race in Georgia history is also attracting big money to the state’s political parties. Where it’s coming from mirrors the gubernatorial contest, according to an analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Like Stacey Abrams’ campaign, much of the Georgia Democratic Party’s money...

Posted: 10 days ago

The most expensive governor’s race in Georgia history is also attracting big money to the state’s political parties. Where it’s coming from mirrors the gubernatorial contest, according to an analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Like Stacey Abrams’ campaign, much of the Georgia Democratic Party’s money...
Kemp, Abrams raise $22 million in three months in governor’s race
 The Georgia race for governor continues to shatter campaign money records as Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp reported Friday that they combined to rake in about $22 million in contributions over the past three months. The reports, which cover a three-month period from July 1 through Sept. 30, underscore the dynamics that...

Posted: 14 days ago

The Georgia race for governor continues to shatter campaign money records as Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp reported Friday that they combined to rake in about $22 million in contributions over the past three months. The reports, which cover a three-month period from July 1 through Sept. 30, underscore the dynamics that...
State spending could be biggest difference in Georgia governor’s race
 There are many differences between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp, but few as stark as how they would handle one of any governor’s most important roles: developing, funding and managing the state’s $26 billion annual budget. Through it, taxpayers help educate 2 million children, provide health care to more than 2 million Georgians...

Posted: 15 days ago

There are many differences between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp, but few as stark as how they would handle one of any governor’s most important roles: developing, funding and managing the state’s $26 billion annual budget. Through it, taxpayers help educate 2 million children, provide health care to more than 2 million Georgians...
Georgia agencies mostly seek more for pay, staffing in next budget
 For the first time in his tenure, outgoing Gov. Nathan Deal let state agencies ask for more funding, and many of them want the same, fairly mundane things: higher pay to retain workers and more staffers to improve services. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of agency requests submitted to the governor’s Office of Planning and Budget...

Posted: 19 days ago

For the first time in his tenure, outgoing Gov. Nathan Deal let state agencies ask for more funding, and many of them want the same, fairly mundane things: higher pay to retain workers and more staffers to improve services. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of agency requests submitted to the governor’s Office of Planning and Budget...
Abrams shifts, says she would now let Georgia’s income tax cut stand
 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams was critical earlier this year when lawmakers voted to cut top state income tax rates, saying she would look to reverse the decision. But Abrams, a former House minority leader, knows the political realities of trying to stop a tax cut at the statehouse, and she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...

Posted: 19 days ago

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams was critical earlier this year when lawmakers voted to cut top state income tax rates, saying she would look to reverse the decision. But Abrams, a former House minority leader, knows the political realities of trying to stop a tax cut at the statehouse, and she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
Georgia inspector general asked to look into gifts to state employees
 Georgia’s inspector general has been asked to look into whether a group that did work for the Charter Schools Commission violated state law by not reporting that it paid for staffers to attend events across the country and offered them stipends. The filing Tuesday comes less than three weeks after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported...

Posted: 24 days ago

Georgia’s inspector general has been asked to look into whether a group that did work for the Charter Schools Commission violated state law by not reporting that it paid for staffers to attend events across the country and offered them stipends. The filing Tuesday comes less than three weeks after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported...
While in Georgia House leadership, Abrams was also a per diem leader
 Once Stacey Abrams became the state House minority leader in 2011, she began collecting daily payments from the state at almost twice the rate of her predecessor — and more than twice the rate of other members of the General Assembly — records show. A ranking of lawmakers by the number of days they were paid $173 to work outside...

11:30 AM Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2018

Once Stacey Abrams became the state House minority leader in 2011, she began collecting daily payments from the state at almost twice the rate of her predecessor — and more than twice the rate of other members of the General Assembly — records show. A ranking of lawmakers by the number of days they were paid $173 to work outside...
Georgia being flooded by outside political money this election season
 A California billionaire put $8.3 million into a campaign to pass a constitutional amendment this fall in Georgia. A San Francisco mega-donor gave $3.25 million to a political action committee backing Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial bid. And a D.C. Republican PAC barely waited for the GOP gubernatorial runoff votes to be tallied before...

11:46 AM Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2018

A California billionaire put $8.3 million into a campaign to pass a constitutional amendment this fall in Georgia. A San Francisco mega-donor gave $3.25 million to a political action committee backing Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial bid. And a D.C. Republican PAC barely waited for the GOP gubernatorial runoff votes to be tallied before...
Georgia panel reverses 300 percent retiree health insurance rate hike
 The Department of Community Health board reversed course Friday, deciding not to more than triple the cost of insurance coverage for some of Georgia’s retired teachers and employees. The move came after retirees accused the state agency of steering business to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield by dramatically raising rates on their...

2:12 PM Friday, Sep. 07, 2018

The Department of Community Health board reversed course Friday, deciding not to more than triple the cost of insurance coverage for some of Georgia’s retired teachers and employees. The move came after retirees accused the state agency of steering business to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield by dramatically raising rates on their...





James Salzer

James Salzer has covered state government and politics in Georgia since 1990.

Latest from James Salzer

He said Georgia insurers own regulator. Now industry donors favor him.
 When Republican candidate Jim Beck was asked during a pre-primary debate about the coziness between the insurance commissioner’s office and the industry it regulates, he didn’t shy away from the question. “It’s as crooked as a dog’s hind leg,” he said. “The industry owns it, and it’s time the...

Posted: 2 days ago

When Republican candidate Jim Beck was asked during a pre-primary debate about the coziness between the insurance commissioner’s office and the industry it regulates, he didn’t shy away from the question. “It’s as crooked as a dog’s hind leg,” he said. “The industry owns it, and it’s time the...
Capitol crowd mostly shift from Cagle to Kemp in governor’s race
 Brian Kemp got a lot of new supporters with fat wallets on the July night he clinched the Republican nomination for governor. The Capitol crowd — lobbyists, special-interest association PACs and big-money institutional donors who always give to the winners in gubernatorial races — had bet big on his GOP opponent, Lt. Gov...

Posted: 5 days ago

Brian Kemp got a lot of new supporters with fat wallets on the July night he clinched the Republican nomination for governor. The Capitol crowd — lobbyists, special-interest association PACs and big-money institutional donors who always give to the winners in gubernatorial races — had bet big on his GOP opponent, Lt. Gov...
Like Stacey Abrams, Democratic Party pulls in big out-of-Georgia money
 The most expensive governor’s race in Georgia history is also attracting big money to the state’s political parties. Where it’s coming from mirrors the gubernatorial contest, according to an analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Like Stacey Abrams’ campaign, much of the Georgia Democratic Party’s money...

Posted: 10 days ago

The most expensive governor’s race in Georgia history is also attracting big money to the state’s political parties. Where it’s coming from mirrors the gubernatorial contest, according to an analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Like Stacey Abrams’ campaign, much of the Georgia Democratic Party’s money...
Kemp, Abrams raise $22 million in three months in governor’s race
 The Georgia race for governor continues to shatter campaign money records as Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp reported Friday that they combined to rake in about $22 million in contributions over the past three months. The reports, which cover a three-month period from July 1 through Sept. 30, underscore the dynamics that...

Posted: 14 days ago

The Georgia race for governor continues to shatter campaign money records as Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp reported Friday that they combined to rake in about $22 million in contributions over the past three months. The reports, which cover a three-month period from July 1 through Sept. 30, underscore the dynamics that...
State spending could be biggest difference in Georgia governor’s race
 There are many differences between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp, but few as stark as how they would handle one of any governor’s most important roles: developing, funding and managing the state’s $26 billion annual budget. Through it, taxpayers help educate 2 million children, provide health care to more than 2 million Georgians...

Posted: 15 days ago

There are many differences between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp, but few as stark as how they would handle one of any governor’s most important roles: developing, funding and managing the state’s $26 billion annual budget. Through it, taxpayers help educate 2 million children, provide health care to more than 2 million Georgians...
Georgia agencies mostly seek more for pay, staffing in next budget
 For the first time in his tenure, outgoing Gov. Nathan Deal let state agencies ask for more funding, and many of them want the same, fairly mundane things: higher pay to retain workers and more staffers to improve services. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of agency requests submitted to the governor’s Office of Planning and Budget...

Posted: 19 days ago

For the first time in his tenure, outgoing Gov. Nathan Deal let state agencies ask for more funding, and many of them want the same, fairly mundane things: higher pay to retain workers and more staffers to improve services. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of agency requests submitted to the governor’s Office of Planning and Budget...
Abrams shifts, says she would now let Georgia’s income tax cut stand
 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams was critical earlier this year when lawmakers voted to cut top state income tax rates, saying she would look to reverse the decision. But Abrams, a former House minority leader, knows the political realities of trying to stop a tax cut at the statehouse, and she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...

Posted: 19 days ago

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams was critical earlier this year when lawmakers voted to cut top state income tax rates, saying she would look to reverse the decision. But Abrams, a former House minority leader, knows the political realities of trying to stop a tax cut at the statehouse, and she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
Georgia inspector general asked to look into gifts to state employees
 Georgia’s inspector general has been asked to look into whether a group that did work for the Charter Schools Commission violated state law by not reporting that it paid for staffers to attend events across the country and offered them stipends. The filing Tuesday comes less than three weeks after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported...

Posted: 24 days ago

Georgia’s inspector general has been asked to look into whether a group that did work for the Charter Schools Commission violated state law by not reporting that it paid for staffers to attend events across the country and offered them stipends. The filing Tuesday comes less than three weeks after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported...
While in Georgia House leadership, Abrams was also a per diem leader
 Once Stacey Abrams became the state House minority leader in 2011, she began collecting daily payments from the state at almost twice the rate of her predecessor — and more than twice the rate of other members of the General Assembly — records show. A ranking of lawmakers by the number of days they were paid $173 to work outside...

11:30 AM Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2018

Once Stacey Abrams became the state House minority leader in 2011, she began collecting daily payments from the state at almost twice the rate of her predecessor — and more than twice the rate of other members of the General Assembly — records show. A ranking of lawmakers by the number of days they were paid $173 to work outside...
Georgia being flooded by outside political money this election season
 A California billionaire put $8.3 million into a campaign to pass a constitutional amendment this fall in Georgia. A San Francisco mega-donor gave $3.25 million to a political action committee backing Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial bid. And a D.C. Republican PAC barely waited for the GOP gubernatorial runoff votes to be tallied before...

11:46 AM Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2018

A California billionaire put $8.3 million into a campaign to pass a constitutional amendment this fall in Georgia. A San Francisco mega-donor gave $3.25 million to a political action committee backing Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial bid. And a D.C. Republican PAC barely waited for the GOP gubernatorial runoff votes to be tallied before...
Georgia panel reverses 300 percent retiree health insurance rate hike
 The Department of Community Health board reversed course Friday, deciding not to more than triple the cost of insurance coverage for some of Georgia’s retired teachers and employees. The move came after retirees accused the state agency of steering business to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield by dramatically raising rates on their...

2:12 PM Friday, Sep. 07, 2018

The Department of Community Health board reversed course Friday, deciding not to more than triple the cost of insurance coverage for some of Georgia’s retired teachers and employees. The move came after retirees accused the state agency of steering business to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield by dramatically raising rates on their...